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R. Kelly’s Attorneys Delay Request For Singer To Go To Dubai For Concerts

CHICAGO (CBS) — R. Kelly’s attorneys on Friday asked a judge to wait to rule on their request to allow the embattled R&B singer to travel to Dubai in April to perform in concerts while he’s free on bond in his sexual abuse case.

Attorney Doug Anton said Kelly’s defense team wants time to provide more information on the concert plans before making their case to Judge Lawrence Flood.

“Although the pickup shows that we usually do in Dubai is something where an out of country talent will come into country, and then do personal appearances, and then book shows, the court requires a little more formality with regard to how we’re going to do that,” Anton said after the hearing. “So we’re going to make sure that we do everything the judge and the state need for us to do to comply with those formalities.”

Flood scheduled the next hearing in the case for May 7, after the planned concerts in Dubai, but lead defense attorney Steve Greenberg said he could ask the judge to schedule another hearing before then once they’ve gathered all the information they need to get a ruling in their favor.

“I want the court to be comfortable in making a decision,” Greenberg said.

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Kelly’s lawyers have said it’s been hard for the singer to find work in the United States since his arrest on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and the earlier broadcast of the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” detailing multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse.

“Robert needs to be working again,” Anton said.

In addition to the concerts in Dubai, Kelly is hoping to book other concerts in the U.S. and overseas. Anton said the singer has received approximately 150 emails in the past six weeks, with “offers to perform in just every place possible you can think on the planet.”

Greenberg said, although the United Arab Emirates does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S., Greenberg said Kelly has no intention of staying in Dubai, and would return to the United States after his concerts. He noted Kelly traveled all over the world while facing child pornography charges more than a decade ago, and never missed a court date in six years while that case was pending. Kelly was acquitted of those charges in 2008.

Kelly’s publicist, Darrell Johnson, said the singer is eager to “prove his innocence.”

“Right now he needs to get back to things he loves; basketball, music. Once he gets past that, he’s ready for trial,” Johnson said.

Greenberg has said Kelly is struggling to pay his legal bills and child support payments. He spent three nights in jail earlier this month after failing to pay more than $161,000 in overdue child support. His friends and family pooled together money to make those payments and get him out of jail.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the sexual abuse charges. As a condition of his bond, he was ordered to surrender his passport, and cannot leave Illinois without the judge’s permission.

Greenberg said, because of cancelled concerts in Illinois, being booted by his record label, and the removal of Kelly’s music from several streaming services, the R&B singer has been forced to look at other ways to make money, including traveling to Dubai to perform.

“I’ve never seen anyone who’s got this kind of a storm … whirling around him, and he gets up every day, and he still tries to do music. He shows up for court. He holds his head high,” Greenberg said.

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The alleged abuse goes back 20 years, spanning from 1998 to 2010. Prosecutors have said Kelly sexually abused four females, including three underage girls. Kelly allegedly had a witness make sex tapes of him having sex with one of the victims, a 14-year-old girl.

Allegations of Kelly’s sexual abuse go back decades and have prompted a recent nationwide protest called #MuteRKelly to boycott his music, in the wake of a Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” featuring interviews with the music artist’s alleged accusers.

In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges connected to a videotape of him allegedly having sex with an underage girl. It took six years from the time Kelly was charged with the offense to the end of the trial. It took the jury less than a day to deliberate.

Chicago Man Allegedly Picked Up 14-Year-Old Gurnee Teen From Family’s Home And Sexually Abused Her At Libertyville Motel

CHICAGO (CBS)–A 22-year-old Chicago man was charged with sex abuse after being caught Wednesday at a motel in northwest suburban Libertyville with a 14-year-old girl from Gurnee who he allegedly had sex with, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Vincent A. Dunson, 22, was arrested by the Lake County Sheriff’s office at Doe’s Motel on the 31000 block of North Route 45 on March 20.

(Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Police had been searching for the girl after she was reported missing by her family. Officers later found her in the motel room around 6:15 a.m. with Dunson.

An investigation, according to police, determined Dunson picked the juvenile up from her home and drove her to the motel, where he “engaged in acts of sexual penetration with the juvenile,” according to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

He was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and traveling to meet a minor and is being held in jail awaiting a bond hearing.

The teenager was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and has been reunited with her family, police said.

“Preying on our most vulnerable is one of the most horrific acts one could do,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said in a statement.

Judge To Allow Cameras In Court For R. Kelly Sexual Abuse Trial

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for singer R. Kelly’s trial on sexual abuse charges in Cook County, although the alleged victims may not be recorded without their consent.

Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood approved a request from multiple news outlets to allow for extended media coverage of Kelly’s case, meaning cameras and audio recording devices will be allowed in the courtroom for future hearings and the trial.

However, the alleged victims in the case may not be recorded if they testify, unless they give their consent. Two of the alleged victims in the case already have objected to being recorded.

Other witnesses in the case also may object to being recorded, but it will be up to a judge to decide on their objections if they are not alleged victims.

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Defense attorney Steve Greenberg said Kelly welcomes cameras in court for his case.

“Mr. Kelly wants this to be an open and transparent process. So far there’s been rumors. There’s been allegations made all over the place. It’s difficult for him to speak out and defend himself, but with cameras in the courtroom everyone will see what really happens,” he said. “It’s certainly a much better process than a closed courtroom.”

Cameras and audio recording devices have been allowed in Cook County courtrooms since 2015, but only when the judge in a specific case gives permission for what is officially termed as “extended media coverage.” Judges also can restrict live playback of any video or audio recordings.

Cameras were in court last year for the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the murder of Laquan McDonald, the trial of three officers later acquitted of a conspiracy to cover up the McDonald shooting, and the trial of the two men later convicted of the murder of Hadiya Pendleton.

Some witnesses in those cases objected to being on camera, but allowed audio recording of their testimony.

Kelly pleaded not guilty last month to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of them underage girls. The alleged abuse goes back 20 years, spanning from 1998 to 2010. Kelly is due back in court on March 22.

(Credit: Chicago Police)

Greenberg said he has yet to receive any of the evidence from the prosecution. He said prosecutors plan to hand over the first set of evidence at the next hearing.

Despite the high-profile nature of the case, Greenberg said he doesn’t expect to have a problem choosing a fair jury in the case.

“I expect the sort of media frenzy will die down, and we’ll get a fair jury. There’s a lot of people that live in Cook County to pick from,” he said.

Greenberg said Kelly has been depressed and anxious since his arrest last month, “but he’s strong and he’s still making music, and he’s hoping to go out and play some concerts pretty soon.”

However, Greenberg would not elaborate on any concerts Kelly might have booked.

Days after Kelly was arrested last month, a German concert hall cancelled plans for a Kelly show on April 12. Kelly had scheduled concerts in two locations in Germany and one in the Netherlands in April, but he is not allowed to leave the U.S., and has surrendered his passport while out on bail. He would need permission from the court to leave Illinois under the terms of his bond.

‘Simpsons’ Producers Pull Iconic Michael Jackson Episode

(AP) — The producers of “The Simpsons” are removing a classic episode that featured the voice of Michael Jackson.

Executive producer James L. Brooks told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday “it feels clearly the only choice to make.” He says fellow executive producers Matt Groening and Al Jean are “of one mind on this.”

The action follows HBO’s broadcast of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” in which two men allege Jackson sexually abused them as children. Jackson’s family has criticized the program, and his estate is suing HBO.

In the 1991 “Stark Raving Dad” episode, Jackson voiced a character who claims to be Jackson and who meets Homer Simpson in a mental institution. The singer is listed in credits as John Jay Smith.

The episode will be removed from streaming services and future DVD sets.

Women Who Live With R. Kelly Call Parents Liars, One Claims Dad Told Her To Make ‘Sexual Videos’ With Singer

CHICAGO (CBS) — As R. Kelly sits in Cook County Jail for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife, two of the women he is currently dating are defending him against allegations he has been holding them against their will. One of the women also claimed her parents encouraged her to make “sexual videos” with Kelly when she was only 17.

Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary live with Kelly at his home in Chicago, and in an exclusive interview with “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King, the young women said they love him, even though their families have claimed Kelly has brainwashed them.

But the women said their parents are lying about the situation with Kelly, and are trying to blackmail him.

Clary said when she first met Kelly, her parents told her to lie about her age.

“When I met him, he thought that I was 18. My parents told me to lie about my age to him,” she said.

Clary also claimed her father encouraged her to take “sexual videos” with Kelly so that they could blackmail him.

“When I was 17, my parents were actually making me, trying to get me to take photos with him, take sexual videos with him, all kinds of stuff,” she said. “They said, because if they ever have to blackmail him, what they’re trying to do now, they can use it against him, which is exactly what they’re doing.”

Savage, 23, and Clary, 21, said there is nothing inappropriate about their relationship with the 52-year-old R&B singer.

They claimed their parents are just out for money.

“Both our parents are basically out here trying to get money and scam, because they didn’t agree on what happened, you know, with music or whatever it could be. And they’re just very upset,” Savage said.

Kelly was jailed again on Wednesday, after failing to come up with $161,000 in child support he was ordered to pay to his ex-wife by Wednesday morning.

Under terms of his 2009 divorce, Kelly must pay $20,000 a month in child support, but stopped making the required payments last spring. He now owes $194,000, and a judge had ordered him to pay the bulk of it by 10 a.m. Wednesday, or risk going to jail. Kelly’s publicist said the singer was prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000 on Wednesday, but the judge wanted the full amount. Sheriff’s deputies took him to the Cook County Jail, and said he must pay the full $161,000 to be released.

Kelly told King he has just around $350,000 left in his bank account.

“So many people have been stealin’ my money. People was connected to my account. I went into – I went by myself for the first time to a Bank of America. Didn’t know what I was doing. Didn’t know what the hell was going on,” he said.

Kelly claims the first time he went alone to a Bank of America was about three weeks to a month ago. “Because I was so tired of not knowin’ where my money was, what my publishing is.”

Kelly conceded that a lot of not knowing his own financial situation is his fault, saying, “a lot of it’s on me.” To those who say he doesn’t have money because he’s had to pay out so many settlements, he said, “Lie.”

According to court documents, Kelly settled three lawsuits with women who allege they were minors when he had sex with them. But Kelly said what really cost him is the people who had access to his bank account, something he found out from a bank teller.

“Because the songs I’ve written, baby, I mean, you know, the songs I’ve written are songs that can handle settlements and everything else,” Kelly said.

“I had, like, $350,000 in the bank. And I told her, ‘Look, take that. I’m gonna start a new account.’ And that’s where it is, right? So she said, ‘Okay. It’s gonna take six to seven business days to clear.’ Does that make sense?”

The day after the trip to the bank, Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He said he was unable to access his bank account to make bail. Now, he’s back in jail for the separate child support case. Something he became emotional about during our interview.

“How can I pay child support? How?! If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work? How can I work? How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids? How?” he said through tears.

Meantime, Savage’s family spoke out Wednesday, after watching Kelly’s own interview with King, during which he claimed the women’s parents handed them over to him when they were teenagers, and only complained about him when he stopped sending them money.

“How come it was okay for me to see them until they wasn’t getting no money from me? Why would you take your daughter – if I’m going to take my daughter and she’s 19 years old to a 49-year-old icon, whatever, celebrity or R. Kelly concert or whoever it is, I’m not going to put her on the stage and leave her. I’m going to take her to the concert. Their father is more into my music and know about my music than they do,” Kelly said.

King told Clary she spoke with her father the day before their interview. “He says, ‘My daughter is brainwashed,’ and he’s very concerned. He said he was here two days ago, and you wouldn’t even look him in the eye,” King said.

“Okay, I wouldn’t look him in the eye because he’s a liar. He’s a manipulative liar,” Clary said.

“I’ll tell you why they’re concerned, Azriel, because they say, ‘She’s 17. We found text messages that indicated that she was having sex with R. Kelly when she was 17.’ Is that true?” King asked.

“No. No, that is a lie. That is a lie. I was not having sex with him at 17,” Clary said.

Savage’s parents, Timothy and Jonjelyn, said they haven’t heard from her in two years, because Kelly won’t let her contact them.

The couple’s attorneys, Gerald Griggs, bristled at Kelly’s assertions that the Savages offered up their daughter to him for money.

“At no point did this family sell their daughter to anyone or provide their daughter for anything for money,” he said.

Griggs said the familyhas never asked for or received money from Kelly.

Hours after Kelly’s interview aired on Wednesday, Joycelyn Savage called her family to say she is “very happy” with him.

In their interview with King, Clary and Savage both said they are in a loving and strong relationship with Kelly.

“How do we say this without being inappropriate? Is this a three-way relationship, or do you each have a separate relationship with him? How does this work? I’m curious,” King said.

“Well, both of those,” Clary said. “We both have our individual relationships with him, and we all are family all together. We have our moments where we sit and watch movies all together, we go to amusement parks all together.”

“I’m not talking about, Azriel, going to movies and sitting, watching – going to parks. I’m talking about is it – is it a three-way sexual relationship between the three of you?” King asked.

“Sexually, well, first of all, I’m not here to talk about my personal life, and I would never share with no one what I do in or outside of the bedroom. And as a woman, I’m sure you would not either,” Clary said.

“No, I wouldn’t but I –”

“Okay, then, so next question,” Clary said.

“No, you’re right, I would not, but this is a very different circumstance. And I think it’s a fair question,” King responded.

“It’s not a different circumstance. There are people all over the world who have multiple girlfriends. It’s no different,” Clary said.

“Do both of you all believe you’re in love with him?”

“Of course,” Clary said.

“Absolutely,” Savage said.

Alleged R. Kelly Victims, Family Members Speak Out On Singer’s Interview

CHICAGO (CBS) — As part of her exclusive CBS interview with R. Kelly, Gayle King also spoke to two women who are accused of being held against their will by the singer.

She spoke with the young women who live with Kelly. They insist that they’re with him on their own free will and that their parents and the media have it all wrong. The conversation got very emotional.

“I’m crying because you guys don’t know the truth. You’re believing some f*****g facade that our parents are saying. This is all f*****g lies for money” said Azriel Clary. “If you can’t see that you are ignorant, and you’re stupid.”

Along with Clary was Joycelyn Savage. Her family spoke out and denied any financial transactions. They said they haven’t heard from her in two years.

Her sister said if everything is really OK, Joycelyn would have called home by now.

“I know for a fact that my sister is not OK. I know for a fact that R. Kelly is mentally destroying her and I just want her home,” said Jailyn Savage. “I know that he has put a lot of things in her head that makes her think that the world, not just the family, but the world is out to get her, which is not true. I just want her home and safe and I want to know that she’s OK.”

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A lawyer for a Georgia couple who say their daughter is being held against her will by R. Kelly lashed out after a television interview with the R&B singer.

Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage say it’s been two years since they heard from their daughter, 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage. They said Kelly won’t let her contact them, which Kelly denied in his interview with “CBS This Morning.”

The couple’s attorney, Gerald Griggs, bristled at Kelly’s assertions that the Savages offered up their daughter to him and were in it for the money. Griggs said Wednesday that “at no point did this family sell their daughter to anyone or provide their daughter for anything for money.”

Griggs says the family has never asked for or received money from Kelly.

The 52-year-old singer was charged last month in Chicago with sexually abusing four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.